ERIC Number: ED247015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Children's Reactions to the Termination of Friendship.
Questions designed to assess children's reactions to the ending of friendships were asked in structured interviews involving 64 children (30 third graders and 34 sixth graders). Subjects, divided almost equally by sex, were mostly white and primarily middle-class. Questions were specifically designed to elicit information regarding (1) why and how friendship termination occurs; (2) the perceived frequency of termination in the child's peer group; and (3) the child's personal experiences with termination, including details on when the event occurred and on the child's affective and behavioral reactions. Results indicated that the experience of friendship termination is perceived as a meaningful event in a child's life. Only a few grade differences emerged in the reactions to termination, and sex differences were inconsistent across questions. Girls were more reluctant than boys to initiate breakups, and girls in general also appeared to be somewhat less casual than boys about breakups. Though they did not differ from boys in their affective reactions to termination, girls were more likely to discuss the event with others, and they were also more likely to tell their partner explicitly that they had decided to terminate the relationship. A sample interview and a coding guide are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Coding; Friendship Termination
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984).